Tiles on a Fence
by Heather Lee Rogers

Ceramic tiles
as memorials to the
missing we finally call gone
hang on a chain link fence
on 7th Ave. near St. Vincent's.
Some shaped like doves
hang by wires
strung through their eyes
like barbed wire across
a battlefront barricade
dividing the enemies
we can't see but name
terrorism poverty fear
we declare war these days
on any intangible
that is not us
peace drawn through blind eyes
the skulls of innocents
tied up in wire tangles
are laid at the feet of the
firemen, policemen and
those other heroes left
as if we could salve the
wounds of the dead
with the tears of the living
mourning their victims
of our outrage.

Copyright © 2008 - Heather Lee Rogers
Published: 9/4/08   ·  Author's Page   ·  Next Poem